Vet board budget reflects more Butler County veterans served

Transports for medical appointments have increased 250 percent, official say.

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By Denise G. Callahan

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission approved a $2.2 million 2017 budget on Wednesday that represents a 15 percent increase over this year.

The biggest increase in the spending plan will go toward advertising with an increase to $100,000, up 54 percent over the $65,000 budgeted for this year. The vet board asked for $75,000 last year, but after the budget hearings in October, the county finance director asked if Executive Director Caroline Bier could reduce that.

“They’ll say ‘can you reduce your budget’ and they’ll give us a dollar figure,” Bier said. “They want us to reduce it as much as we could, obviously. The one thing I did reduce was the advertising because we didn’t use it that year so it was hard to justify that we would need it in 2016.”

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